A Novel


The quotation in the prologue comes from an unpublished report called "The Emperor's New Clothes: A Study and Analysis of Nationwide's Internal Psychological Structure" by the Institute for Motivational Research (November, 1956).

The epigraph to Chapter 1 comes from the poem "Buffalo Bill's" by E.E. Cummings, from his book Tulips & Chimneys (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923).

The epigraph to Chapter 2 comes from the monograph Geography of the Middle Illinois Valley by Harlan H. Barrows (Urbana: University of Illinois, 1910).

The epigraph to Chapter 3 comes from the short story "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" by Arthur Conan Doyle, from his book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (London: George Newnes, 1892).

The epigraph to Chapter 4 comes from the monograph The Making of Illinois by Irwin F. Mather (Chicago: A. Flanagan, 1900).

The epigraph to Chapter 5 comes from the song "The Bees" from the record King by Belly (London: 4AD, 1995), written by Tanya Donelly.

The epigraph to Chapter 6 comes from the monograph Ways of Seeing by John Berger (New York: Viking, 1973).

The epigraph to Chapter 7 comes from the song "Milan" from the record Purgatory/Paradise by Throwing Muses (New York: HarperCollins, 2013), written by Kristin Hersh.

The epigraph to Chapter 8 comes from the monograph Communications in Agriculture: The American Farm Press by James F. Evans and Rodolfo N. Salcedo (Ames, Iowa: Iowa State University Press, 1974).

The epigraph to Chapter 9 comes from the autobiography of Black Hawk, translated by Antoine LeClaire, recorded by J.B. Patterson, and edited by Donald Jackson (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1964).

The epigraph to Chapter 10 comes from the poem "Who Stands, the Crux Left of the Watershed" by W.H. Auden, from his book Poems (Hampsted: S.H.S., 1928).

The epigraph to Chapter 11 comes from the song "Lake of Vinegar" from the record To the Last Dead Cowboy by the Waco Brothers (Chicago: Bloodshot Records, 1995), written by the Waco Brothers.

The epigraph to Chapter 12 comes from the song "Like a Dog" from the EP Bright Yellow Gun by Throwing Muses (London: 4AD, 1994), written by Kristin Hersh.

The epigraph to Chapter 13 comes from the poem "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" by Robert Browning, from his book Men and Women (London: George G. Harrap, 1855).

The epigraph to Chapter 14 comes from the song "Free to Go" from the album One Part Lullaby by the Folk Implosion (Los Angeles: Interscope Records, 1999), written by Lou Barlow, John Davis, and Wally Gagel.

The epigraph to Chapter 16 comes from the song "Close Your Eyes" from the record Hips and Makers by Kristin Hersh (London: 4AD, 1994), written by Kristin Hersh.

The epigraph to Chapter 17 comes from the song "Oak Ridges" from the record Stories Often Told by the Sadies (Chapel Hill, NC: Yep Roc Records, 2002), written by the Sadies.

The epigraph to Chapter 18 comes from American Notes by Charles Dickens (London: Chapman & Hall, 1842).

The epigraph to Chapter 19 comes from the song "King of Spain" off the single Tugboat by Galaxie 500 (Jamaica Plain, Mass.: Aurora Records, 1988) written by Galaxie 500.

The epigraph to Chapter 20 comes from the song "State Trooper" from the record Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen (Los Angeles: Columbia Records, 1982), written by Bruce Springsteen.

The epigraph to Chapter 21 comes from the song "Horrorshow" from the record Dolly Horrorshow by the Blacks (Chicago: Bloodshot Records, 1998), written by the Blacks.

The epigraph to Chapter 22 comes from the article "Check Your Oil: Handle Your Dipstick with Style" by Matthew Wright, from the website About Autos (undated).

The epigraph to Chapter 23 comes from the report A Study of Organized Crime in Illinois (Chicago: IIT Research Institute and the Chicago Crime Commission, 1971).

The epigraph to Chapter 24 comes from the monograph Speakeasy: Prohibition in the Illinois Valley by R.G. Bluemer (Granville: Grand Village Press, 2003)

The epigraph to Chapter 27 comes from the book of Jeremiah, 17:9.

The epigraph to Chapter 28 comes from the poem "Marriage" by Marianne Moore, from her book Selected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1935).

The epigraph to Chapter 29 comes from the poem "An Octopus" by Marianne Moore, from her book Selected Poems (New York: Macmillan, 1935).

The epigraph to Chapter 30 comes from the song "Vitamins V" from the record The Grotto by Kristin Hersh (London: 4AD, 2003), written by Kristin Hersh.

The epigraph to Chapter 33 comes from the song "Hello Stranger" from the single Hello Stranger by the Carter Family (Decca Records, 1938), written by A.P. Carter.

The epigraph to Chapter 34 comes from the song "The Sprawl" from the record Daydream Nation by Sonic Youth (Enigma Records, 1988), written by Sonic Youth.

The epigraph to Chapter 35 comes from the monograph Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell (New York: Basic Books, 2011).